Nigeria: What’s Stopping U.S. Rescue of Kidnapped Girls? It’s Complicated

[Stars & Stripes]In a trio of daring missions, Navy SEAL Team 6 freed an American ship captain held hostage by Somali pirates in 2009, killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, and rescued two hostages in Somalia — an American and a Dane — in 2012.

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South Africa: Cape Town Poor Tap Into New Food Markets

[IRIN]Cape Town -It is a Saturday in Cape Town. In many parts of South Africa’s second largest metropolitan area people mill about, inspecting baby cabbages and shitake mushrooms at one of a dozen or so relatively new farmers’ markets trading in organic or “natural” and – perhaps equally important to these consumers – local produce.

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Cote d’Ivoire: Gbagbo’s Trial – Charges and Challenges

[IRIN]Abidjan -The recent confirmation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that charges against Lauren Gbagbo still stand has reignited criticism about the court’s approach to Côte d’Ivoire and its alleged failure to deal even-handedly with a highly complex post-conflict situation.

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Mozambique: In Message to Maputo Conference, Ban Calls for Accelerating Efforts Towards Mine-Free World

[UN News]Reiterating the commitment of the United Nations to ridding the world of anti-personnel landmines, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for accelerating efforts towards achieving this goal and strengthening adherence to the global treaty dealing with the issue.

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